Journal of Information Systems Education


End-user computing has enjoyed rapid expansion during the last few years for many reasons, most of which have to do with the recent introduction of fourth generation languages, the continuing sophistication of the end-user, and the proliferation of inexpensive, but powerful personal computers; all coupled with the dissatisfaction of users with traditional data processing capabilities. But this rapid growth has not taken place without its share of concerns; such as security of data, documentation of programs, and compatibility of hardware and/or software. Traditional computer applications that were being developed in the 1960’s shared these same concerns. Problems with those systems were largely solved by the development of structured analysis and design methodologies. The focus of this paper will be an examination of the problems in the user environment and how a user-oriented SDLC should be developed to solve those problems.



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